So if you aren't aware yet, the world is full of different people with different ideas on things, different opinions, etc. If you haven't noticed, please come out from under your rock now. We will counsel you. Ha!
In all seriousness though, it's clear as day that each person has their own opinions about various things and they are rightfully entitled to them. Just as I am to mine. I think it's so awesome and beautiful that we all have varying opinions - how boring would the world be if we couldn't debate in a respectful, theological manner?? (Note the underlined words - no fools please)
There are certain opinions of mine that I will never share on a public forum. Things such as political views, my theories on homosexuality, pro-life vs. pro-choice, etc. Those are some hot points that I feel are better left between me and God. Well, my husband does know where I stand on things but that's neither here nor there. You're probably wondering where in the world I'm going with this...
Golden Rule (verb): Treat others how you would want to be treated
It seems that folks have forgotten the beauty and necessity of this rule. I have found that (sometimes) because I feel a certain way about something, or don't necessarily agree with somebody else's view that I'm instantly a bigot and just plain stupid. Hmm, thanks! When this accusation is thrown my way I usually laugh and ask the person, "I'm sorry, have I judged you? No? I just don't share you're views and you're instantly mad? Oh okay... *cue eye rolling*"
Our society has adopted the notion that if you're not for me, you're against me. In essence, if I don't agree with your views exactly then I'm instantly labeled as your enemy. Not true, my friend. Simply not true. I can absolutely disagree with you on many things but still have the utmost respect for you. In return, I would expect the same thing.
So folks, just because somebody doesn't believe exactly what you believe, act the way you act, do the way you do, don't become hateful and draw up your defenses (the exception to this would obviously be somebody who is intentionally evil. Then draw up defenses, but still love them - Proverbs 4:23). R E S P E C T that person and their beliefs, and move forward. As I've told many people: "I hear what you're saying and I respect you. However, I do not condone/agree with xyz." Simply put - WWJD (What Would Jesus Do for those who didn't grace the 1990s).
The Golden Rule, it's a beautiful thing! Let's embrace it again.